Sightseeing in France

GETTING TO KNOW FRANCE ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET

When students join our TEFL course in Paris , they explore Paris in greater detail.
After all, it is the most visited city in the world, and it is lovely in so many ways that time goes by rather quickly during the three months the tourist visa allows you. Most of the TEFL trainees stay in Paris because they believe it is too expensive to visit other French cities/regions.

Here is a very inexpensive travel solution to explore: the world bus. Few people know about it. The world bus is a night bus. So, if you want to travel France on a shoestring budget, the budget night bus is your friend.

Sure, travelling the road for 10 hours straight is hardly the most comfortable experience, but how else can you expect to travel across the entire country for under €15, especially on a weekend or public holiday?

And it’s not just about the financial savings, though that’s certainly a pretty good incentive. Travelling by bus offers a great chance to see different parts of the country. You’ll pass alongside beautiful vineyards and spectacular mountains, as well as plenty of standard, but still lovely, green fields. Those views make up for the inconvenience.

Taking the bus is also pretty good for the planet, especially compared to air travel, so you’ll win somehow eco-friendly points, too.

Routes
The buses go all over France, but here are two of the routes currently being advertised.

Paris – Marseille, from €9.99
What’s so special about Marseille? The islands of the Frioul archipelago in the Bay of Marseille, accessible by ferry from the Old Port. The prison of Château d’If was one of the settings for the movie “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the novel by Alexandre Dumas. As a teenager, I was fascinated by the book and the movie. And there is more to see there. You can also enjoy the beach.

Another route is from Paris – Strasbourg, from €11.99
Strasbourg combines two cultures—the French and the German one. If you are a food lover, German food is a paradise on the table. Guten Appetit! Apart from food, the city has a beautiful architecture wherever you go. If you are interested in medieval history, or like to see where French kings spent their nights when in town, Strasbourg is the place to go.

hat to take with you on the night bus. headphones/earplugs, an eye mask, a pillow, snacks, a blanket, some entertainment, comfortable clothes, and a sense of humor.

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